The New York Times reports:
Scientists warned that the United States someday would become the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. That moment arrived on Thursday. In the United States, at least 81,321 people are known to have been infected with the coronavirus, including more than 1,000 deaths — more cases than China, Italy or any other country has seen, according to data gathered by The New York Times.
With 330 million residents, the United States is the world’s third most populous nation, meaning it provides a vast pool of people who can potentially get Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. And it is a sprawling, cacophonous democracy, where states set their own policies and President Trump has sent mixed messages about the scale of the danger and how to fight it, ensuring there was no coherent, unified response to a grave public health threat.
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The US just passed China and Italy: We now have the most confirmed Covid-19 cases in the world. Here’s how we got here — and what to do next. https://t.co/imXCU73BJT
— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 26, 2020
It’s official. The US now has more coronavirus cases than China and Italy and every other country in the world. Through its efforts to downplay the virus and deflect the blame and dismantle our defenses, this administration has put countless lives and the economy at grave risk.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 26, 2020
UPDATE: US now has most #COVIDー19 cases*
• US 81,946
• China 81,285
• Italy 80,589
• Spain 56,347
• GER 43,646
• Iran 29,406
• FR 29,155
• Switzerland 11,811
• UK 11,658
• S Korea 9,241
* # contingent on countries testing/reporting accurately.Source: COVID-19 tracker
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) March 26, 2020